Have you ever responded to a Mediabistro or Journalism Jobs want ad and then forgotten about it? Brandon Reynolds did just that. Lucky for him, the media outlet at the other end stayed on top of things and as a result, Reynolds is the new managing editor of SF Weekly. He started a week ago.
“I just moved into a nice place that was built the year I was born (1978), has a wet bar, and overlooks the bay and Candlestick Park,” Reynolds tells FishbowlLA. “I call it The Chalet. I’ve loved this city since I first visited 15 years ago, and always had a feeling I’d live here someday. When editor Tom [Walsh] called about the job, it made all kinds of sense.”
The story of how this 34-year-old San Antonio native found his to way to those choice San Francisco digs is fascinating. After earning a B.A. from Southwestern University in 2000, Reynolds worked in Austin as a marketing rep for Miller and Smirnoff Ice. His father and stepmother were living in Richmond, Virginia at the time; when she was diagnosed with cancer, he moved to the east coast to help take care of her.
“After she died, my dad moved back to Texas and I stayed,” Reynolds recalls. “I worked at Home Depot for a while, and submitted a short story to Style Weekly for its first fiction contest around 2003-04. I won third place and got to know some of the editors, so when a job came up answering phones and doing calendar entry, I jumped at it.”